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Nature’s Compass
Every summer on the protected beaches of Matura Trinidad, Leatherback sea turtle hatchlings emerge out of the sands. They must make their way through a dead gauntlet of crabs, birds, dogs, and occasionally humans simply make it to the open ocean where the real journey begins. In they survive, the females will return to the very same beaches a decade later to lay their own eggs. The initial scramble across the sands as hatchlings is critical for helping them establish an internal compass enabling them to make the return journey as adults.
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